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    BEIJING (Sputnik) - A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan on Thursday, the Chinese Seismological Bureau has said.

    Underground shocks were registered at 9:56 a.m. (1:56 GMT) in Taitung County. The epicentre of the earthquake was located at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).

    There have been no immediate reports about casualties or damage inflicted by the earthquake.

    Last year, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit 104 km (65 miles) off the Taiwanese coastal city of Hualien.

    READ MORE: Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Hits Off Aleutian Islands — USGS

    Beijing does not recognise Taiwan's independence and claims the island is part of China. Taiwan similarly does not recognise the central government in Beijing.

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